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Pumpkin Themed Soaps and Candles

For Halloween or Any Time of the Year

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One of my favorite times of the year is that day in late September or early October when the air turns cooler and you know that summer is over. It's also generally the time when the pumpkins arrive at the grocery stores, nurseries and church lawns. My pumpkin soap recipe has always been one of the readers' favorites. Here is that recipe, as well as several other pumpkin themed candles, candle decorations and other Halloween soap and candle projects.

1. Pumpkin Soap Recipe

Pumpkin Soap
David Fisher

The classic pumpkin soap recipe. It uses real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and fills the house with wonderful spicy fall scents. Pumpkin has lots vitamins in it that are good for your skin, too.

2. Pumpkin Pie Layered Soap

Just like a slice of pumpkin pie, this layered soap has three layers, one scrubby, one creamy, and one light. It uses real pumpkin, but adds goat's milk and corn meal for a delightfully interesting variation.

 

3. Pumpkin Tea Light Candles

Pumpkin Tea Light Candles
David Fisher

A fun and easy way to create a lovely autumn centerpiece. I love to have individual ones made for small dinner parties...or a grouping of them as a table centerpiece.

4. Hanging Pumpkin Candle Lanterns

Hanging Pumpkin Candle Lanterns
David Fisher

Kind of like a hanging jack o'lantern - these pumpkin candles can be made with faces or just a generic autumn theme. I love hanging these outdoors.

5. Jack O'Lantern Candle

Jack O'Lantern Candles
David Fisher

An advanced candle project - it uses a balloon candle as its base. Almost too cute to burn.

6. Pumpkin Seed Oil Profile

pumpkin seeds
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Pumpkin seed oil is a rich and vitamin-filled oil with abundant antioxidant properties. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, C, E, and Zinc. It's fatty acid balance is most similar to soybean and sunflower oil, and will contribute about the same qualities to soap that they do in terms of hardness, lather and conditioning and is a a wonderful luxury oil to add (a bit) to a batch of pumpkin soap.

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